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miscarriages of justice are violations of the law, they are afraid to reported to their wrote supervisors for fear of retribution. so giving the san francisco arts commission additional funding at this point, in light of the fact that the city comptroller's office has found them incapable of handling properly the millions of dollars they get each year, is ludicrous. [bell rings] supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> supervisors, let me bring to your attention that, say, if we have a project like the water system improvement project, 4, .2 billion. the sewer system improvement project, over $6 billion. the art commission gets a substantial portion of this money. on other projects, many of them in the millions of dollars, the
art commission gets a substantial amount of money. what we need to do in you all need to do, and when i say we, the people, we need to shine light. and if you are representatives, you should shine lights. by shining light, i mean you have to be educated on issues, and some of you all are not paying attention, because you are biased. if you are biased, it is fine. but as the previous speaker said, there are few who understand of the freedom of information act. to understand the public records act, who understand the grounds that. we attend the meetings, and we represent, because we have something to gain, but because we want to shine light. what is happening here is this, some supervisor's made the met
write and think they're helping the art commission, but you know -- make deem it right and think they're helping the art commission, but you know that recently the director of the arts commission was found to be lacking in leadership and in other things. if i say his name, some supervisor will stand up and say, oh, you're not allowed it to say somebody's name. but when we vote for directors, we say their name all the time. but then we come before such meetings, we're not supposed to say their names. i am group is out because good leaders and the way, show the way, and go the way. the art commission is a corrupt organization. all over the city, in the bayview and in other areas, they get the money in disbanded peter
it is a small clique. a small clique of people that do as they please. we have representatives who always say, you know, they believe in transparency. but far from being transparent, far from being accountable, the they will do things that have worse lee impacted the population. in some cases, it has infected the youth. some supervisor may deem it right to make some amendments. the whole art commission needs to be put on notice. [bell rings] thank you very much. supervisor mar: thank you. next. >> after noon, a land-use double-good afternoon, land-use supervisors. ♪ public art and a trust to free and what ever happened why did you keep it free?
so many things we would have done but budget clouds but in our way i have looked at districts from all sides now win and lose it is a city illusion i really do not know yet all city hall and now it is just another land use day and you'll say and help us and you'll pay so many things you would have done but the city clouds got in our way i have looked at all districts from all sides now win and lose and still try somehow it is what a city i recall i really do not know you at all its city hall ♪ supervisor mar: thank you, mr. paulson. anyone else from the public that would like to speak? seeing them, public comment is
closed. you're asking for a three-week continuance. i believe that presidents' day is february 20, so there is no land use meeting. it would be the following meeting, which is february 27. can we take the amendments without objection, colleagues? thank you. without objection, we will continue this until the meeting of february 27. supervisor chiu: 1 comment. i know there are where a couple public comments are in the recent issues happening in the arts commission. many of us have been concerned about the situation, and we hope that there are changes to how the arts commission is managing itself to move that forward. but this is not legislation about whether or not we helping the arts commission or not. this is really legislation about the requirement of developers of using 1% of their project costs to spend on cards. right now, the law says that that money needs to be spent on on-site art, usually in the
lobby way of these public buildings. this legislation is about loosening those requirements so that money can be spent on community-based art programs within the city, project early in the downtown area. i just want to clarify that and look forward to the conversation we will have about this in about four years. supervisor mar: thank you continued. we have had a request to call item number 3 had an item number two. can we do that without objection, colleagues? thank you. >> item number 3, ordinance amending the planning code and zoning map to allow patients to medical care clinics into a parcels in the special use district and add them to the india basin special use district. >> we have a presentation for mr. matt snider. i am sorry. the sponsor is supervisor cohen. supervisor cohen: i want to talk about what we're dealing with here. the item today is a rezoning of
the percival -- a parcel, 3450, on 3rd street, about a medical license use in excess of 5000 square feet. this is needed to facilitate the location of the center for youth will listen to all prevention center. this partnership which you'll hear about shortly is unique in that it centralizes the private and public agencies responsible for responding to a childhood trauma and the help impacts associated with it in order to ensure that our cities children have the conference of treatment. i have heard some concerns from many of the neighbors around this particular parcel, most dealing with the compatibility with the pdr-2 zoning. it permits social services, like the one that will be in use. it is proposed up to 5000 square
feet. but after speaking with a number of community members, as well as our partners at the port, we, along with the project sponsor, have agreed to amend this to actually reduce the square footage of this proposed pact project, from 7000 -- reduced to 7000 square feet. a provided copies of this changed legislation. i feel it is a pretty good compromise given the compatibility for other surrounding uses a around this parcel. a number of speakers will speak today to give light on this issue. we have matt snyder from the planning department. then joe robinson, director of community and behavioral sciences at the department of public health. then we will hear from a doctor from the center of youth will this, as well as a member of the child abuse prevention center. thank you.
>> good afternoon, supervisors. i am from planning department staff. as supervisor cohen mentioned, she introduced this for the location of the center youth and wellness and san francisco convention center. the legislation was forwarded to the planning department, and the commission for did you. it was heard on december 13. the planning commission unanimously approved the changes before forwarding it on it to you. i will walk through exactly what this is and how things are changing on the ground. currently, we're at the northern portion of the bayview community. pdr districts generally are
within the general northern area of the bayview. along third street, as you leave the bayview community and across fourth street, there two special use district on the western side, there is a design and development special use district. this was put in place in 2008 when we did the initial pdr zoning to allow some more office uses, uses beyond what is generally permitted in pdr, given the third street location. on the other side of the street, the eastern side, you had the india basin industrial park special use district. for those parcels that face third street, the special use district does a very similar thing. it opens up the uses to not just pdr, but community-related retail and small office uses. their proposal before us was to avenge the map and the planning code so the subject parcel, the
most further north parcel on the western side, switch it from design and development special use district to the india basin industrial park special use district. and to make one small change in the text of the special use district. s supervisor cohen mentioned, it was originally for medical clinic used, proposed that 15,000, but they negotiated down to 7000 square feet. we have looked at with the similarities are between the two special used districts. we thought that these were similar enough that it made very little difference whether it was in the india basin or the design and develop a special use district. and the nature of the parcels as well. the special use districts did try to do something similar and open abuses beyond the pdr along third street, so we think the legislation is appropriate.
and made such a recommendation to the planning commission. the planning commission agreed and unanimously approved the proposal before forwarding it on to you. this concludes my presentation, and i would be happy to answer any questions you might have. >> i am here for community help services. i am the medical director for community behavioral services. i am here in support of the project. we thought the organizers of the project have been extremely collaborative and thoughtful for this area. said the department of public health and and community help are in favor of the project. thank you. supervisor mar: it is and industrial area, a clinic for
youth and families. i am wondering, are there dangers of particulate matter or any other dangers in an industrial area for a facility like this? >> i think we need to explore the area more. i do not know the specifics, but i think that is something that needs to come up in the process. but the location is important for family access. supervisor cohen: when you make your comments, can you address one thing, the helalth node and the undesirable in the uprising this facility inside the health node? and can you tell me how many pieces of property you looked at? >> it would be my pleasure to comment on that. my name is dr. nadine burke
harris, founding position of the cpuc bayview help center. it was not until august of last year, the medical director. that i am here in my role as the ceo of the center for youth wellness. the reason i transitioned out of my previous role and into this role is based on the experiences that i have had in caring for children of the bayview-hunters point community for the past five years. in have done a wonderful job at the clinic in reducing hospitalizations and improving immunization rates for the kids in the community. in my experience, the number one health threat to kids in the community is exposure to violence and trauma. there is a tremendous amount of research that has emerged over the last 20 years to demonstrate that these exposures
are damaging to children, not only in terms of the things that you would expect in that we know about, in terms of the risks for learning problems, behavior problems, mental health problems, but it turns out that the data shows that these exposures increase our kids risks to heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hepatitis, to depression commit to becoming i.v. drug users, etc., significantly. the american academy of pediatrics, in december 2011, came out with a recommendation about children's exposure to toxic stress. the issue is, what to do about it? that is with the center for youth all this in the south advocacy center has come together to try to create, a first of its kind, first in the nation center to address this issue for the kids, particularly
for the kids of this community. in the process, we have brought together the best and brightest. and we have partnered with the city government in the city's effort to develop a child advocacy center, as well as the cpmc bayview child health center, which has been doing this work with our kids for the past five years. as we, together, went and looked at where we were going to locate this new center, we looked at over 20 spaces in bayview. seven of those spaces were in the health node. we were looking at the size, obviously, something that accommodate all of the different services. and of course, whether or not it was economically feasible within our budget. there were certainly spaces that
would have been more desirable of what we would like, but it did not accommodate either the size of our budget. we also said down and talk with folks at the department of public health about trying to locate a part of the southeast health center redevelopment. we have specific constraints in our funding, thanks to the generous support of the community that raised $4.2 million for this effort. but we have to have our doors open by the end of this year. that was a constraint that there donor put on this funding, or else their donors would not deliver the check. so as we met with folks from southeast health center, there recognized that there were not in a stage of planning where we would be able to do this at the same time, so we got the blessings, go ahead. these are compatible uses, and
it is actually great for us to have, both along the third street corridor, and even though we're not in the health node, we receive support and blessings from dph to move forward with our project. this center represents the answer to a tremendous community need. if there is one thing i could say, it is that my experience in working with the committee, the thing that keeps things from happening, particularly in baby- hunters point, or that when obstacles come up, it is so hard to move past them. it is so hard to come up with solutions, particularly because the children that we're advocating for the not have any -- we're not making money. this is not a money-making center. they do not have anyone else to advocate for them. so this, for us, is part of the
process of making sure that this community does not remain one of san francisco's most underserved communities. so i encourage you to support this legislation. thank you. supervisor cohen: thank you. >> honorable supervisors. thank you so much for hearing this matter today. musri the executive director of the san francisco child abuse prevention center and a partner in developing the center for use wellness in the children's advocacy center of san francisco, which will be operated by the san francisco shot prevention center. i know you have received many letters of support and information about this matter. we have some additional information that i would like to provide to you today. i am here today in strong and enthusiastic support of supervisor cohen's legislation
which will allow our community to create the first-ever center for youth wellness and children's advocacy center. this partnership will help thousands of children across the city for generations to come. as you heard from the dean, our dream is that san francisco will ensure that kids across the city will stop being victims of violence in their homes in on their streets. this is a dream that dr. moses grossman, a pediatrician at general hospital, had nearly 40 years ago when he founded the child abuse council and in the san francisco etch out abuse prevention center. today, the dean and i, along with a dedicated team of public and private partners, many of whom are here today, are building a center to provide services for the safety, health, and will this for our cities children and their families. many folks are here today. they're not going to all speak. but i would like to see they can stand up to show our support?
thank you. our dream, our hope, is to locate these services on 34 53rd street. at this location, we will provide a cover the spectrum of services to help kids, specifically the children's advocacy center, working with the city and county of san francisco to provide for an takoma investigation, an acute response in the case of a child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and exposure to domestic violence. every major city in america and a sister jurisdictions just across the bay, have a children's advocacy center, except san francisco. it is like not having a fire department. integrated with the children's advocacy center is the center for youth the wellness that will provide a list it will miss services, including mental health, community education, and advocacy. and the bayview child health center will continue to provide pediatric clinics for the
bayview community. together, we truly are creating a one-stop shop to protect children's safety, justice, and welfare. we have many partners working together to make this a reality. lisa, a longtime advocate for our cities most vulnerable children, here in san francisco and throughout the country, the attorney general, along with our institutional partners, tipping point community, cpsc, and the baby child health center. the early life stress program, and the city and county of san francisco and its agencies, specifically ksar, general hospital, city attorney's office, the permit a public health, district attorneys of his, human services agency, police department, along with ucsf. thank you to these dinners supporters and friends, and as the dean said, we have community commitment to open our doors by the end of the year. i want to touch on one thing that the supervisor asked about dph's understanding, and as the
doctor spoke about that commitment, we have been in long-term conversations with director barbara garcia. there is a letter in your packet on this support, which specifically addresses not only this particular use but is particular use at this particular location. supervisor cohen, thank you so much for your leadership in championing this legislation. we fully support and agree with your modification of reducing it to 7000 square feet. the entire land use committee, i respectfully urge you to approve this legislation and help us all fulfil a dream for children. thank you all very much. supervisor cohen: thank you. supervisor mar: the compromise from moving from 15,000 square feet to 7000 square feet, how does that impact the project itself? that is less than half of the square footage that was originally asked.
>> the building that we're currently renting, the entire project will be 22,000 square feet. i have legal counsel here for more specifics. but the use for medical institutions concerned with in that building under 7000 square feet, so it does not negatively impact our project, but it meets community concern to create intensification of use in that area to ensure that future uses are compatible with the neighboring community. >> and i want to add that this compromise came from concerns from neighbors from india basin. there were concerned it was too large. i also would like to give -- matt, if you can come back up real quick. supervisor mar raised a question about the particular it s --
particulates and if this is the help the area to build such a center addressing health issues among the most vulnerable youth. could you talk about the planning department examination? >> the planning department, in our analysis under ceqa, they looked at the, sort of the land use changes generally, and found that there was no impacts under ceqa that this subject, the land uses, with impact. with the understanding that any specific project that came before the department may be further ceqa review. and what was before them under this review was the legislation for land use and the zoning change. supervisor mar: i know that the doctor mentioned that it is is successful area for many youths from the southeast of the city.
so that location is a critical one for the clinic as well. that is in the balancing act of the potential negatives of being in an industrial area for a health clinic, but being buried sensible to families in the area. supervisor cohen: ok, we may begin public comment. the first card is ms. jackson. second speaker will be francisco da costa. and the third -- supervisor mar: we're going to limit it to two minutes per person. supervisor cohen: then it ruben santana. and then eric smith. >> thank you, supervisors piteously from bayview-interest point. too bad you have given me two minutes. this is a toxic area there. there is no bus stops there. there have been groups that want
to build their across the street for many years, and we have opposed because of the sewage plant. there has not been in eir dun, environmental impact than in that area. when i tried to talk to about a month ago, to meet with you, i wanted to explain to you because i heard this was coming up, and wanted you to know about that area. i have lived there since 1948, so i know the community. i know what has been there over the years. this -- that is the most toxic areas. they have all the tracks running through there. there are other businesses based there. you might not even find a parking spot if you go to the meat company over there, because there's no parking. i do not understand why people always want, that do not know the committee, will not call for a community meeting, and have the community involved to see what they have to say about their children.
that is not a good area for you to talk about having children, even adults, going into because -- are you going to have air monitors over there? there is a terrible wind tunnel over there. it even comes up -- toxins come from oakland in other areas. [bell rings] when i looked about this meeting today, then i saw for your board meeting tomorrow, this item, number 26, it shows you passing on this today and not really having a community input. that is sad, really said. thank you. [applause] supervisor mar: next speaker. >> supervisors, have been the director of environmental
justice advocacy for 35 years. in all my 35 years, especially in the last 15 years, i have fought for our children off. i have heard some stickers, so- called policy people, come here and make statements, but i have never seen them in the community. i have seen one doctor who has recently come, they be in the last three or four years, attending some of our town hall meetings, but she did not support us against glenarden -- lennar, who has been instrumental in killing our children slowly and instrumental in killing our elders. so if somebody wants to put in the center, and somebody wants to do something like this, there are the areas. not one meeting was held in the public. and when i spoke here on monday and some people jump on me, that igo